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PERFORMANCE | 8 out of 10
playful and fun to drive
The steering isn't what we'd call engaging, but it's what we've come to expect from vehicles of this size and weight.
the V8 has great power--this thing is fast!
performance is hardly shabby, with the 0-to-60 blast taking just 6.1 seconds
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Cornering is as flat and precise as any SUV on the market, with virtually no body roll.
The Infiniti QX70 isn't just powerful and quick to take off from stoplights. It's one of the few crossovers that feels at home on a curvy mountain road; with underpinnings derived from Infiniti's sport sedan, it drives with a poise that's almost foreign to this kind of vehicle.
You don't need the V-8 if you want a vehicle with a lot of get-up-and-go. In '3.7' models, the 3.7-liter, 328-hp V-6 is shared with other Infinitis; and while it's not quite as smooth as the V-6 engines found in some other crossovers, it allows acceleration to 60 mph in the low 7.0-second range.
The QX70 is one vehicle that's at its best in base form, in our opinion; adding all-wheel drive piles on a couple hundred pounds, and if it's all-weather traction you need, you're probably better off getting something a little less performance-oriented. Beware that the systems still have a rear bias, plus low-profile performance tires, so the FX isn't a great Snow Belt crossover. We've also noted that AWD models have a somewhat less communicative steering feel, and the QX70 5.0 AWD feels (and is) hundreds of pounds heavier.
So-called 5.0 models add Infiniti's 390-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 and standard all-wheel drive. Those models have a different feel--quite a bit heavier yet, but fast in a blistering, muscle-car sense. They're more than a second faster to 60 mph, plus plenty of bad-boy attitude here, but this engine's appetite for premium fuel and the more cumbersome feel overall point back to the V-6 models.
Throughout the model line, a seven-speed automatic shifts quickly and smoothly; there's also a sport mode and rev matching. Left in D, the QX70 doesn't go out of its way to snap off downshifts until you're more than a quarter-deep into the throttle--where it lets out a rasp and leaps forward with some mild shift shock.
Despite the chunky curb weight (4,200 pounds minimum), the QX70 handles as if it's considerably lighter, and they have a sense of poise and balance on a curvy road that's better than most other SUVs and crossovers.
The QX70 also offers an adaptive set of shocks along with an active rear-steer system, which come with 21-inch wheels; these upgrades add cost and complexity, and don't necessarily net the major handling gains to justify either.
If you want the dynamic prowess of a sport sedan, with just a little bad-boy attitude, the 2014 Infiniti QX70 is the right pick among crossovers.